Consumer Skills
23rd March 2010

The Consumer Council and CCEA help Home Economics students to be financially savvy consumers

The Consumer Council is working with the CCEA to organise three conferences for GCSE Home Economics teachers to help them educate their students on how to be confident, informed and financially savvy consumers. The conferences will prepare teachers for delivering the increased consumer awareness content in the revised Home Economics curriculum. They are taking place on:

  • Wednesday 24 March at the Silverbirch Hotel, Omagh;
  • Thursday 25 March at the Hilton Hotel, Templepatrick; and
  • Friday 26 March at the Tullylagan Hotel, Cookstown.

A variety of issues will be covered at each event including: being an effective consumer; influences on our buying decisions; personal budgeting; avoiding debt and understanding what consumer protection organisations do and how they can help.  

Carol Edwards, Head of Consumer Education at the Consumer Council said:

“Home Economics teachers play a vital role in educating young people to become informed and confident consumers who understand their rights and responsibilities and know how to look after their finances. These are essential skills that will set teenagers up for life.”

Glynis Henderson, Principal Officer for Home Economics at CCEA said: “Consumer skills have been given an even greater focus in the revised Home Economics curriculum which is why we’re working with the Consumer Council to deliver these groundbreaking conferences for teachers.  We’ll also be launching a range of new support materials, developed with the Consumer Council, for every Home Economics department in Northern Ireland.”

Conference keynote speakers include: David Livingstone, Head of Trading Standards Service; Antoinette McKeown, Chief Executive of the Consumer Council and Andrew Irvine, City Centre Manager, Belfast City Centre Management.

For more conference details contact Michelle Hannaway from the CCEA on 028 9026 1200 ext 2235 or e-mail: [email protected].

  1. Consumer Council media contact: Paula Gunn, telephone, 028 9067 4816 or e-mail, [email protected]  
  2. The Consumer Council is an independent consumer organisation, working to bring about change to benefit Northern Ireland’s consumers. The Council campaigns for high standards of service and protection and a fair deal for all. It also carries out research, gives advice and publishes reports and other publications. It deals with individual complaints about buses, trains, planes, ferries, natural gas, electricity, coal and water.
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